Asia is big. Its place in the world, even bigger.
Tech in Asia is an online technology news startup based in Asia, with team members all across the region. As a crew of journalists and bloggers with a passion for new ways of delivering the news, we’ve bonded together under one goal – to create a great Asia-focused tech news site to tell the world about the wonderful things that are happening here.
We write news about Asia and we curate from other sources we think are great. We’ll frequently experiment with data and charts, photos and videos. There’s no office and no printing press, no whiteboards and no J. Jonah Jamieson. With a virtual newsroom that spans many countries, we aspire to find a story, cover it, and send it out to the world within minutes. It’s unconventional, but exciting. Call it an experiment. But as with any experiment we’ll screw up from time to time, but always with the best of intentions. We’re learning too, and we’d love your criticism so we can get better.
Love the Asia tech scene and want to learn with us? Great. Get in touch. We can always use an extra hand. If you’ve got special skills, even better. Don’t have the time? No problem. Throw your support behind us another way. Send us story tips if you see something that should be covered. Know of a great new startup in Asia? Perhaps an app we should review? We’d love to hear about it!
Advertising and sponsorship are greatly accepted, so we can keep bringing you an alternative news voice — but we do have some ethical guidelines in place, so be sure to check that out. Or, just help spread the word. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Google Plus, or LinkedIn.
And check back often. Asia changes every minute and we’d like to show you what’s new, what’s cool, what’s different. It’s a big place, sure, but we’re making it a little smaller for you.
Willis Wee – Blogger – China, Indonesia, Singapore #
The founder of the blog and an entrepreneur since the age of 19. He ran an educational center for five years before selling it to his other partners.
He also has experience in both traditional and digital advertising, much thanks to his mentors at DDB Singapore . He loves roller skating, coffee, late night outings, and just staring into space. Connect with him on LinkedIn or email him at willis[at]techinasia[dot]com.
Steven Millward – Editor, China #
Steven is an experienced editor, who has in recent years shifted his attention away from print – as former editor of a city lifestyle magazine that was mainly popular with waiters needing something to light the barbecue – to market-research reports and technology news.
Now celebrating one whole decade in Asia, Steven especially likes to focus on pan-Asian technology trends, web apps, mobile apps, e-commerce, social media, and gadgets. He’s tweeting on Twitter and Sina Weibo, and is slowly ditching Facebook in favour of Google+.
Charlie Custer – Editor, China #
As you can tell from his photo, Charlie Custer is a hard-hitting journalist who is totally serious about everything, especially hats. He lives in Beijing where, in addition to writing for Tech in Asia, he produces news video segments and is working on a documentary film.
He also enjoys watching DVDs with his wife, playing video games, and watching The Daily Show. Oh, you want links to some stuff? He’s got that too. Website? Boom. Twitter? Blammo. LinkedIn? Word. Sina Weibo? Check yaself before you wreck yaself.
Fun fact: Charlie is not a sucka so he doesn’t need a bodyguard.
Anh-Minh Do – Editor, Vietnam #
Minh jumped from Northern California all the way to Southern Vietnam 6 years ago. With a background in buddhist studies, history of art and rock-blues-jazz violin, what is he doing writing about technology?
Minh’s love affair with technology comes with his deep love of comics, science fiction, Ubuntu, Tesla, cultural impacts of technology on modern society, playing with his own startups, and the awesome blogging community in Southeast Asia.
He also spends most of his non-Tech In Asia time organizing events in Saigon like BarcampSaigon via his events company Evecoo. Minh’s all about supporting fresh cool startups in Southeast Asia, so feel free to contact him if you want to feature your startup: Twitter, Facebook, E-mail, LinkedIn.
Teoh Minghao – Biz Dev Guy – Vietnam, Indonesia, Singapore#
Minghao handles the sales and events side of Tech in Asia. He is the guy to go to regarding advertising, sponsorship or any possible collaboration. He co-founded an educational business with Willis at age of 19 and sold it in year 2011 to join Tech in Asia.
10 quick words/phrases about Minghao:
Entrepreneurial. Risk taker. Adventurous. Curious. Fun loving. Startups. Arsenal. Optimist. Accounting major. World peace.
Illyanti Lutfini – Biz Dev, Indonesia#
With 10+ years experience in the telecom industry, Fini is taking charge of Business Development at TechinAsia in Indonesia. An organizer by nature, a genuine arranger, calm and grace under pressure.
She can be little cranky sometimes, but mostly she is in a cheerful state of mind. She reads books, and many more books during her spare time and her choice of reading ranges from Nuclear Submarines to Harry Potter series. She is also deep into sports and music. A huge fan of Rafael Nadal, but basketball is her numero uno, a sport that teaches her how to become a good team player.
Fini wishes to be a decent singer and dancer and she tries not to sing out of tune. Her eyes will lively blink when planning for her next travel destination.
Enricko Lukman- Blogger, Indonesia#
As an IT and statistics graduate, Enricko decided that it is more fun to play with words instead of crunching numbers and coding in front of the computer. Formerly an English teacher, he now writes the Indonesian tech space for TechinAsia and The Jakarta Globe. Enricko loves travel too, and one of his goals is to plant his feet on all six continents — so far he has Asia, Africa, and Australia, and just three more to go! (If anyone’s going to Antarctica anytime soon let us know!)
Vanessa Tan – Blogger, Singapore#
Vanessa has always been intrigued by the idea of entrepreneurship and business at a very young age, as she watches her father make business dealings and negotiations. She would then sit on his chair #likeaboss and aspires to be one who would create businesses that would make an impact.
She marvels at the wonders of the World Wide Web, and has been dabbling with it since the co-curricular days of computer lessons in elementary school and the introduction of Yahoo! by her father at the age of nine.
Vanessa derives much joy serving the audience at Tech in Asia, and gets energized and inspired listening to new ideas and entrepreneurs speak of their amazing journeys.
She enjoys traveling, likes animals, can’t stop eating (calories counter, what?), plays the piano, and loves beach volleyball. She recently picked up hot yoga and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. She is also a social media addict, where you can find her on Twitter, LinkedIn, Google+, Sina Weibo, and Instagram. Alternatively, you can drop her an email at vanessa[at]techinasia[dot]com.
Andrew Wang – Biz dev guy – Thailand, Singapore#
Andrew lives in Singapore and he takes charge of Tech in Asia business development in Thailand and China. Once a tutor, camp organizer, emcee, tech marketer and a (self-proclaimed) musician, this guy just loves to interact with people. He enjoys meeting new people, startups and entrepreneurship.
If you’ll like to catch a cup of milo with Andrew, be sure to know that he loves playing tennis (huge Roger Federer supporter), soccer (please score, Liverpool!), and watching a wide variety of TV shows. Connect with him on Facebook, Twitter and QQ @ 1482775935.
Emily Goh – Blogger, Designer – Thailand, Singapore#
When some girls were saving up for the hottest fashions, Emily was starving herself to get her hands on all the latest gadgets. She is very interested in the startup scene in Asia, and is always on the lookout for new and interesting startups.
A self-proclaimed graphic designer, her passion for technology was ignited when she started experimenting with Photoshop in primary school. She has been designing for school and corporate events ever since. Doodling (mermaids and Sailor Moon) is also a major pastime and her notebook tells it all.
Youshen Lim – Biz dev guy – Singapore#
Called “Ysl” for short, Youshen Lim is your friendly neighbourhood Biz Dev Guy at Tech in Asia. He has worked with Singapore’s leading cloud consultancy, PointStar and Google Enterprise APAC. Since then, he has enjoyed a transformative experience with business leaders, executives and mentors in the tech market.
An avid generalist at heart, Youshen loves reaching out to people and working hard to solve big problems in skunkworks. He is also a volunteer activist at One Cent Movement.
A born Singaporean, you can share the latest jokes, comics, video games, Singlish puns and business propositions with Youshen at [email protected] You can follow, hang out and connect with Youshen on Twitter, Facebook, Google+, and LinkedIn.
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Daniel Goh – Advisor
Daniel Goh is a seasoned marketing and public relations professional of 10 years and currently works in public relations for a multi-national technology company.
The founder and chief editor of small business, entrepreneurship and technology blog Young Upstarts, Daniel loves to highlight young people and small businesses, celebrating their vision and role in changing the world with their ideas, products, and services.
Eric Koh – Advisor
Eric is the CTO of JobsCentral Group, a CareerBuilder company. He is directly responsible for all technical areas including development, innovation, online marketing, datacenter operations, project management, recruitment, training as well as overall business strategy.
Having over a decade of experience in the IT and online startup space, Eric is also currently vested and mentoring several tech startups in the digital media space.
Eric holds a MSc in Computing from the National University of Singapore.